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Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad

Address: 225 10th St, Boone, IA 50036
Phone Number: 515-432-4249
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Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Boone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours

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Des Moines, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Trip wasn't a total disaster, as we made the best of a poor situation. Went on the Valentines train, was not informed we would be sharing a table with another couple, but they were nice and we had a little fun. There was absolutely no heat in the train the entire trip (literally freezing), scenery was mostly Rural Iowa trailers... More 

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College Station, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I took a trip in the fall and it was a fun, slow-paced experience. It's not something to do by yourself but the people running this train obviously love what they do, and it's a real joy to go through the woods, by the river, and over the High Trestle Trail Bridge in a slow moving train. The scenery is... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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233 attraction reviews
433 helpful votes 433 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My wife and I took the steam engine train on a Saturday. The engine was acquired from China and is the last steam engine produced by the factory there in Datong, China. The route is a round-trip lasting about an hour and three-quarters. The price for us was $20 apiece. A fun ride.

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beaman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We went on the Santa express. My girls had a very magical time. I highly recommend taking your kids on this ride.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The dinner train is a perfect couples event to enjoy the historical significance of trains and the history of the area. The staff is very informative and open to all questions. It is the perfect length of trip to see amazing views and of course take in the bridge! The meal was delicious and the serve staff was very friendly... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We came there this last weekend and did the Santa Express. Our kids really enjoyed themselves even our one year old didn't get too antsy.. Riding the train was neat. The scenery was amazing I'm sure it would look better summer/fall time. All I can say is unlock more doors for better access of entering and exiting the building.

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Merriam, Kansas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were a little early for fall leaves, but even so we enjoyed this ride in an old-fashioned rail car. The Saturday trains are pulled by a steam locomotive, which 'blows off steam' at the trestle bridge - treating us to a nice rainbow! I wouldn't dare take a teen on this ride - they'd miss the point. But young... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a unique attraction. I choose the First Class Bi-Level Car and sat on the upper level. The view over the bridges and river is amazing.Leaves are changing and the pics came out great. The crew was friendly but they need to be more organized. Boarding is a little confusing as to your car choice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with the dinner train. There were only two views. Going over the bridge and river. The rest of the time you spend looking at overgrown brush and dirt enbankment. The train creeps along at 10mph. The cars sway horribly left and right to the point where you can't stand and your drink glasses... More 

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Groveland, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Took this train ride many times great scenic route. Friendly crew.. The dinner train is wonderful.. the train ride takes you over the valley and the river......

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